Maine is in a strong position to borrow money to invest in its future. But it can’t afford to make those investments carelessly.

Question 2 splits $51 million between much-needed energy projects. About half would be used to further research and development of offshore deepwater wind power. This would leapfrog other states’ near-shore wind projects and could put Maine in a leadership position in an emerging industry.

The rest would go to make energy conservation improvements at the state’s college campuses. That would create jobs now, and save future costs. We support a ‘yes’ vote.

Question 3 invests in a variety of road, rail and port projects, including a deep-water berth in Portland. These are needed transportation projects that will have long-lasting value. We support a “yes” vote.

Question 4 is a grab bag of programs, many that are worthy, that collectively show the lack of focus in Maine’s economic development strategy. We say vote “no.”

Question 5 would borrow $10.2 million to improve water quality programs and to build wastewater treatment plants. These investments would leverage $33 million in federal and other funds. We recommend that you vote “yes.”